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Prenatal Care

Getting Ready for the Big Day

Near the end of your third trimester, you are getting close to the birth date. It is a good time to think about some of the things that need to be done.

What Will I Need?

If you are not going to have your baby at home, it is a good idea to pack a bag to take with you. Pack the bag well in advance of your expected due date. Some things you will need include a housecoat, loose nightgown, a nursing bra, slippers, several pairs of underwear, comb or brush, make-up, clothes to wear home, clothes, diapers and a blanket for the baby. Make sure you have phone numbers of people you will want to get a hold of—friends, relatives, midwives, health care provider, etc.

When I Get Home

Often the baby sleeps with the mother at first but the baby will need its own place to sleep. Do you have a crib? Where will it go? Babies need a safe and warm place. Do you have the bedding necessary? These are some things you need to think about.

What Will the Baby Need?

Babies can need a lot of stuff—diapers, clothes, bedding, toys, etc. Try and make up a list of these things while you are waiting for the baby to arrive.

What Will I Need?

You will be pretty busy looking after the new baby when you first get home. You will also need to take care of yourself and get lots of rest. Is there someone who can come and help with the baby, cook, clean and help look after the rest of the family? Make arrangements before you have your baby.

Congratulations! Good luck and enjoy your baby!